Life for a new puppy on the streets of South Holland can be rough, with big dogs possibly barking at them and humans they are not used to everywhere.
But all that is changing in South Holland, where puppies under six months are getting a head start in growing up to be social and well-behaved animals.
One of the latest free puppy parties is being run by Medivet in Long Sutton.
Month-long weekly courses are being held at Long Sutton Church Hall by Gemma Ryan, the student veterinary nurse at the practice.
Gemma said: “The main aim is to help the puppies grow up to socialise with other dogs so they don’t bark at them when they pass them in the streets.
“We also get them used to being handled so when the come in to the vets they don’t get upset at being touched in different places.
“But it’s all done with fun. We do pass the puppy and our new vet Elisabet Fjoludottir checks them over and clips their nails.
“Then there’s musical sits and fastest recall and at the end there’s a graduation where they all wear hats.
“We also have an older dog come in to show them how it should be done, who is amazing and tells them off when they are naughty.
“It’s a social event for owners, too, and every week there’s tea. They are very successful and we are just finishing our second session this week.”
The next one starts on Wednesday, October 7. To book your place call Gemma at the vets in West Street on 01604 365683.
Puppy parties are also being held at other parts of South Holland.
K9 Skool holds its on the first Monday of each month.
Starting at 6pm until 6.30pm at Pinchbeck Village Hall, these parties are for puppies up to the age of 20 weeks only.
Puppies can attend from seven days after they have been given their first vaccination and vaccination cards must be shown on arrival.
No booking is necessary for this one but for more information call 07910 785631.
For details of puppy parties run by Riverside Vets in Spalding call 01775 723066.